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Videodrome (1983)

Directed by David Cronenberg

Country: Canada

Duration: 87 minutes

Language: English

Spine #248

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Two audio commentaries: David Cronenberg and director of photography Mark Irwin, and actors James Woods and Deborah Harry

Camera (2000), a short film starring Videodrome’s Les Carlson, written and directed by Cronenberg

Forging the New Flesh, a new half-hour documentary featurette by filmmaker Michael Lennick about the creation of Videodrome’s video and prosthetic makeup effects

Effects Men, a new audio interview with special makeup effects creator Baker and video effects supervisor Lennick

Bootleg Video: the complete footage of Samurai Dreams and seven minutes of transmissions from “Videodrome,” presented in their original, unedited form with filmmaker commentary

Fear on Film, a 26-minute roundtable discussion from 1982 between filmmakers Cronenberg, John Carpenter, John Landis, and Mick Garris

Original theatrical trailers and promotional featurette

Stills galleries featuring hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes production photos, special effects makeup tests, and publicity photos

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by writers Carrie Rickey, Tim Lucas, and Gary Indiana

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The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Directed by Gilo Pontecorvo

Country: Italy

Duration: 121 minutes

Language: French, Arabic

Spine #249

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Gillo Pontecorvo: The Dictatorship of Truth, a documentary narrated by literary critic Edward Said

Marxist Poetry: The Making of “The Battle of Algiers,” a documentary featuring interviews with Pontecorvo, Gatti, composer Ennio Morricone, and others

Interviews with Spike Lee, Mira Nair, Julian Schnabel, Steven Soderbergh, and Oliver Stone on the film’s influence, style, and importance

Remembering History, a documentary reconstructing the Algerian experience of the battle for independence

“États d’armes,” a documentary excerpt featuring senior French military officers recalling the use of torture and execution to combat the Algerian rebellion

“The Battle of Algiers”: A Case Study, a video piece featuring U.S. counterterrorism experts

Gillo Pontecorvo’s Return to Algiers, a documentary in which the filmmaker revisits the country after three decades of independence

Production gallery

Theatrical and rerelease trailers

PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Peter Matthews, excerpts from Algeria’s National Liberation Front leader Saadi Yacef’s original account of his arrest, excerpts from the film’s screenplay, a reprinted interview with cowriter Franco Solinas, and biographical sketches of key figures in the French-Algerian War

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John Cassavetes: Five Films

Spine #250

DVD BOX SET FEATURES

A Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes (2000), a 200-minute documentary by Charles Kiselyak

New interviews with actor Lelia Goldoni and associate producer Seymour Cassel about Shadows

Silent footage from the Cassavetes-Lane Drama Workshop, from which Shadows emerged

Restoration demonstration for Shadows

Alternate eighteen-minute opening sequence for Faces

Episode of the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps from 1968, dedicated to Cassavetes

Making “Faces,” a new documentary featuring interviews with actors Cassel, Lynn Carlin, and Gena Rowlands and director of photography Al Ruban

Al Ruban on Lighting and Shooting “Faces,” a new video program; Lighting and Shooting the Film, an on-screen essay by Ruban, illustrated with video clips, that discusses the techniques and equipment used on Faces

Audio commentary for A Woman Under the Influence by sound recordist and composer Bo Harwood and camera operator Mike Ferris

New conversation between Rowlands and actor Peter Falk about A Woman Under the Influence

New interview program featuring actor Ben Gazzara and Ruban discussing The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

New conversation between Rowlands and Gazzara about Opening Night

New interview with Ruban about Opening Night

Three audio interviews with Cassavetes from the 1970s

Trailers for Shadows, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Opening Night

Stills and poster galleries

Trailers

Biographical sketches of the actors Cassavetes frequently cast in his films, written by Tom Chartity (John Cassavetes: Lifeworks)

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Gary Giddins, Kent Jones, Kiselyak, Stuart Klawans, Dennis Lim, and Phillip Lopate; writings by and interviews with Cassavetes; and tributes to the filmmaker by director Martin Scorsese; actor and writer Elaine Kagan, Cassavetes’s former secretary; and novelist Jonathan Lethem

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Shadows (1959)

Directed by John Cassavetes

Country: United States

Duration: 82 minutes

Language: English

Spine #251

DVD BONUS FEATURES

New interviews with actress Lelia Goldoni and associate producer Seymour Cassel

Silent footage from the Cassavetes-Lane Drama Workshop, from which Shadows emerged

Restoration demonstration

Stills and poster galleries

Trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins and a 1961 article by Cassavetes

(REISSUE)

Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes (2000), a 200-minute documentary by Charles Kiselyak

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Faces (1968)

Directed by John Cassavetes

Country: United States

Duration: 130 minutes

Language: English

Spine #252

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Alternate eighteen-minute opening sequence

Episode of the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps from 1968, dedicated to director John Cassavetes

Making “Faces”, a 2004 documentary featuring interviews with actors Seymour Cassel, Lynn Carlin, and Gena Rowlands and director of photography Al Ruban

Lighting & Shooting the Film, a study of the techniques and equipment used on Faces by Al Ruban

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by Stuart Klawans

(REISSUE)

Al Ruban on Lighting and Shooting “Faces,” a new program featuring commentary by Ruban

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A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

Directed by John Cassavetes

Country: United States

Duration: 147 minutes

Language: English

Spine #253

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Audio commentary by sound recordist and composer Bo Harwood and camera operator Mike Ferris

New video conversation between actors Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk

Audio interview with director John Cassavetes from 1975

Stills gallery

Trailer

PLUS: An essay by film critic Kent Jones and an interview with Cassavetes from 1975

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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

Directed by John Cassavetes

Country: United States

Duration: 135 minutes

Language: English

Spine #254

DVD BONUS FEATURES

New interview program featuring actor Ben Gazzara and producer Al Ruban

Audio interview with Cassavetes from the 1970s

Stills gallery

Trailer

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Opening Night (1977)

Directed by John Cassavetes

Country: United States

Duration: 144 minutes

Language: English

Spine #255

DVD BONUS FEATURES

New conversation between actors Gena Rowlands and Ben Gazzara

New interview with producer and director of photography Al Ruban

Audio interview with director John Cassavetes from the 1970s

Trailers

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A Constant Forge (2000)

Directed by Charles Kiselyak

Country: United States

Duration: 200 minutes

Language: English

Spine #256

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Biographical sketches of the actors Cassavetes used in many of his films, written by Tom Charity (John Cassavetes: Lifeworks)

Poster gallery for Cassavetes’ Faces, Shadows, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Opening Night

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Secret Honor (1984)

Directed by Robert Altman

Country: United States

Duration: 90 minutes

Language: English

Spine #257

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Audio commentaries with director Robert Altman and co-writer Donald Freed

New 22-minute video interview with actor Philip Baker Hall

Eighty-one minutes of archival-film excerpts from the political career of President Richard M. Nixon

Plus: an essay by film critic Michael Wilmington

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Tanner '88 (1988)

Directed by Robert Altman

Country: United States

Duration: 353 minutes

Language: English

Spine #258

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Episode introductions featuring original cast members created for Sundance Channel’s 2004 broadcast of Tanner ’88

New video conversation between series creators Robert Altman and Garry Trudeau

PLUS: Essays by film critic Michael Wilmington and culture critic Gary Kornblau

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Fat Girl (2001)

Directed by Catherine Breillat

Country: France

Duration: 86 minutes

Language: French

Spine #259

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Fat Girl

Two interviews with director Catherine Breillat, one conducted the night after the film’s world premiere at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival, the other a look back at the film’s production and alternate ending

French and U.S. theatrical trailers

PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau, a 2001 interview with Breillat, and a piece by Breillat on the title

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Eyes Without a Face (1960)

Directed by Georges Franju

Country: France

Duration: 90 minutes

Language: French

Spine #260

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Blood of the Beasts, Georges Franju’s 1949 documentary about the slaughterhouses of Paris

Archival interviews with Franju on the horror genre, cinema, and the making of Blood of the Beasts

Excerpts from Les grands-pères du crime, a 1985 documentary about Eyes Without a Face writers Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac

Trailers

Stills gallery of rare production photos and promotional material

Plus: A booklet featuring essays by novelist Patrick McGrath and film historian David Kalat

(REISSUE)

New interview with actor Edith Scob

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Fanny and Alexander Box Set

Spine #261

DVD BOX SET FEATURES

High-definition digital transfer of Ingmar Bergman’s documentary The Making of “Fanny and Alexander”

Ingmar Bergman Bids Farewell to Film, a conversation between Bergman and film critic Nils Petter Sundgren recorded for Swedish television in 1984

Audio commentary on the theatrical version featuring film scholar Peter Cowie

A Bergman Tapestry, a documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew

Rare introductions by Bergman to eleven of his films

Stills gallery

Costume sketches and footage of the models for the film’s sets

Theatrical trailer

A selection of Bergman theatrical trailers

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by documentarian and film historian Stig Björkman, novelist Rick Moody, and film scholar Paul Arthur

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Fanny and Alexander: Theatrical Version (1982)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Country: Sweden

Duration: 188 minutes

Language: Swedish

Spine #263

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Audio commentary featuring film scholar Peter Cowie

Theatrical trailer

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The Making of Fanny and Alexander (1982)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Country: Sweden

Duration: 110 minutes

Language: Swedish

Spine #264

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Ingmar Bergman Bids Farewell to Film, a 60-minute conversation between Bergman and Nils Petter Sundgren made for Swedish television in 1984

Costume sketches

Video footage of the film’s set models

Stills gallery

Rare introductions by Bergman to eleven of his films

A selection of Bergman theatrical trailers

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Short Cuts (1993)

Directed by Robert Altman

Country: United States

Duration: 187 minutes

Language: English

Spine #265

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Reflections on Short Cuts, a new 25 minute videotaped conversation with Robert Altman and Tim Robbins

Luck, Trust, and Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver County, a 90 minute documentary on the making of Short Cuts

Segment from BBC television's Moving Pictures tracing the development of Raymond Carver's short story "Jerry and Molly and Sam" for the film

A 50 minute audio interview with Raymond Carver

Deleted scenes

A look inside the marketing of Short Cuts, featuring trailers and more than sixty print advertising campaigns

Special reprint of Short Cuts, the Vintage Books companion collection of Raymond Carver short stories

An essay by film critic Michael Wilmington and a guide to the music

(REISSUE)

Original demo recordings of the film’s Doc Pomus–Mac Rebennack songs, performed by Rebennack (Dr. John)

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The King of Kings (1927)

Directed by Cecil B. DeMille

Country: United States

Duration: 155 minutes

Language: English

Spine #266

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of The King of Kings

Cast portraits by photographer W.M. Mortensen

Production and costume sketches by renowned artist Dan Sayre Groesbeck

Stills gallery of rare production and publicity photos

Original illustrated program and press book featuring photographs from the film’s gala premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and studio correspondence from DeMille

Original theatrical trailers

Plus: a booklet featuring a 1927 essay by DeMille, an excerpt from Robert S. Birchard’s book Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood, production notes, and a new essay by film critic Peter Matthews

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Kagemusha (1980)

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Country: Japan

Duration: 180 minutes

Language: Japanese

Spine #267

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Audio commentary by Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince

Lucas, Coppola, and Kurosawa, an interview piece from 2005 in which directors George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola discuss Kurosawa and Kagemusha

Documentary from 2003 on the making of the film

Image: Kurosawa’s Continuity, a piece from 1993 reconstructing Kagemusha through Kurosawa’s paintings and sketches

Suntory Whisky commercials made on the set of Kagemusha

Gallery of storyboards painted by Kurosawa and images of their realization on-screen

Theatrical trailers and teasers

Plus: An essay by scholar Peter Grilli

(REISSUE)

an interview with Kurosawa by renowned critic Tony Rayns

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Youth of the Beast (1963)

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

Country: Japan

Duration: 92 minutes

Language: Japanese

Spine #268

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Video interviews with director Seijun Suzuki and actor Joe Shishido, made by Nikkatsu in 2001

Original theatrical trailer

PLUS: A new essay by film critic Howard Hampton

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Fighting Elegy (1966)

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

Country: Japan

Duration: 86 minutes

Language: Japanese

Spine #269

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Original theatrical trailer

PLUS: A new essay by renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns

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Casque d'or (1952)

Directed by Jacques Becker

Country: France

Duration: 94 minutes

Language: French

Spine #270

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie

1995 video interview with actor Serge Reggiani

1963 interview with actress Simone Signoret from the French television program Cinepanorama

Excerpt from an episode of the French television series Cineastes de notre temps, dedicated to Jacques Becker

Rare, silent behind-the-scenes footage of Becker on the set, with commentary by film scholar Philip Kemp

New essay by Kemp

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Touchez pas au grisbi (1954)

Directed by Jacques Becker

Country: France

Duration: 96 minutes

Language: French

Spine #271

DVD BONUS FEATURES

2002 video interview with actor Daniel Cauchy

Excerpt from an episode of the French television series Cineastes de notre temps dedicated to Jacques Becker, featuring screenwriter Maurice Griffe, Grisbi author Albert Simonin, actor Lino Ventura, and François Truffaut

1972 interview excerpt with Lino Ventura

Clip from a 1978 interview with composer Jean ****

Theatrical trailer

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La commare secca (1962)

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Country: Italy

Duration: 93 minutes

Language: Italian

Spine #272

DVD BONUS FEATURES

Exclusive new video interview with director Bernardo Bertolucci

Plus: A new essay by film critic David Thompson

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